ASUS VG27AC1A 170Hz WQHD with USB-CAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made using the “Buy” button at the bottom of this post. Where possible, you'll be redirected to your nearest store. Further information on supporting our work.
27″ WQHD models remain a popular choice for gaming and general-purpose usage – and the ASUS VG27AC1A is one such model. The monitor offers the usual styling associated with the TUF Gaming series to which it belongs, with a chunky matte plastic ‘penguin foot’ stand and fairly thick bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and buttons at the rear of the screen, towards the right side as viewed from the front.
A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is employed, with 170Hz refresh rate supported. Adaptive-Sync features including support for Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ and AMD FreeSync Premium, with a 48 – 170Hz VRR range plus LFC. Other aspects of note include a matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and true 8-bit colour support. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a 130% sRGB colour gamut and 250 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote a more relaxing viewing experience. Basic HDR10 support is offered, allowing the monitor to employ 10-bit processing and putting its reasonably wide gamut to work. But without local dimming or a high brightness required – so not a true HDR experience by any means.
A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using ELMB Sync – a strobe backlight setting which can be used in conjunction with VRR. ‘VariableOverdrive’ is mentioned which suggests some re-tuning as refresh rate changes, though the success of this has been limited with previous models from the manufacturer. ‘GameFast Input technology’ also features as a nod towards low input lag. The included stand offers tilt and swivel only, but 100 x 100mm VESA is supported for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set), USB-C (15W PD, DP Alt Mode, USB upstream), 2 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports plus upstream and a DC power input (external ‘power brick’). KVM functionality allows easy sharing of connected USB peripherals between systems, whilst 2 x 2W speakers are also included.
Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Information on price and availability still to come.